Making health and social care services work better, for everyone

A new website has been launched in Warwickshire that shows people gadgets and solutions that can make life easier for them.

Called AskSARA (www.warwickshire.gov.uk/asksara), the easy-to-use website helps improve people’s access to a range of ‘self-help’ smart technology and associated services in Warwickshire – from automatic pill dispensers to reminder clocks, personal alarms and general equipment to help make daily activities easier – so they can stay well for longer.

It’s been launched by Warwickshire County Council as part of their commitment, through the Warwickshire Cares Better Together programme, to give people better access to Assistive Technology and to help them focus on their strengths.

From cooking and bathing to taking medication, or doing hobbies and daily tasks, AskSARA provides information, advice and guidance on smart gadgets and solutions (Assistive Technology) that can enable people to help themselves.

The website signposts people to a whole range of gadgets and solutions based on their own personal needs and produces an individual report with suggested ideas, based on the answers to some simple, multiple-choice questions.

For example, if a person needs help remembering to take their medication, it might suggest an automatic pill dispenser or a digital reminder clock; or if someone needs help with staying hydrated or has mobility difficulties as a result of a health condition, AskSARA may suggest the use of a special ‘hand steady’ mug, a falls detector ‘watch’, or a personal alarm.

This could reduce their reliance on friends, family and professional carers, and help them to stay well in their own home.

Visit the AskSARA Warwickshire website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/asksara.

Keep a look out for the AskSARA posters in GP surgeries over the coming weeks and for details of community ‘pop-up’ events later this year.

If you would like to help spread the word about AskSARA, please share the website address www.warwickshire.gov.uk/asksara and the posts and tweets that are going out via Warwickshire County Council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts with the hashtag #AskSARA.

If you would like AskSARA posters to display in your local communities, please contact louiselapworth@warwickshire.gov.uk.